TDM Systems TDM (Tool Data Management) software is an integrated solution for data acquisition and managing the often bewildering array of tools, tool assemblies, fixtures, and set-up equipment confronting today’s manufacturers.
With TDM software, missing or unreliable tool data is eliminated. By providing users with one easily accessed source for all tool related information, TDM software slashes tool selection and location times while also reducing presetting and set-up times, the company states. Because the software interfaces with all major CAD/CAM programs, accurate tool data, 2D graphics and 3D models are quickly available for ‘realistic’ simulations, without the need for lengthy and error prone data entry. This ability boosts process reliability. Similarly, the ability to acquire all of the needed tool-related data with just a few clicks of the mouse can dramatically reduce programming time, thus boosting productivity, according to the company.
Because it houses tool data in a transparent, unified format, users are able to standardize their tool inventory, significantly lowering their tool costs. Tool procurement and logistics are streamlined and simplified as well. Production planning is enhanced by TDM’s ability to interface with ERP systems, such as industry-leading SAP, for which there is a standard interface. TDM software integrates with an array of other IT solutions within the manufacturing field as well, and has numerous standard interfaces for most common upstream and downstream systems.
TDM software is reported to be easily scalable and available in a variety of configurations—from small, affordable, entry-level offerings to multi-plant, international company installations.